Aldershot Town Youth 5-0 Blackfield and Langley Youth

Tommy Anderson reporting from the EBB Stadium

Aldershot got their Hampshire Mid-Week Floodlit Cup campaign off to a great start against Blackfield and Langley as they scored five goals in what was a dominant and impressive performance from the youngsters.

The first real chance of the game resulted in a goal for the Shots as some neat build-up play from Steve Ellery and Callum Cobb in the middle of the park, set up Kofi Halliday who unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left-hand corner of the goal. Just three minutes later and the Shots doubled their lead as Reece Beccle-Richards capitalised on some poor defending from the visitors who failed to clear Mitch McDonald’s ball in the box. They could not clear their lines, and Recce Beccle-Richards was there to tap home into an empty net.

Blackfield and Langley were being outclassed and shortly after a Rory Murphy delivery into the penalty box was met by Kofi Halliday who crashed his effort onto the post. Josh Dickens and Mitch McDonald both created enough space to have long range shots from the edge of the box but both shots were superbly saved by the very busy Scott Hutchins in the Blackfield goal.

The Shots were really beginning to dominate and it was not long before Mitch McDonald extended the lead after he was given space outside the penalty box and he executed his shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net, excellent individual goal.
The lively Reece Beccle-Richards was the next player to be on the score-sheet as he scored his second goal of the night as he also found space on the edge of the box and hit a shot with such pace that it wrong-footed the Blackfield goalkeeper Scott Hutchins.

HT: Aldershot 4-0 Blackfield and Langely

After the interval the game quietened down with the Shots slowing their game play down, but after 58 minutes substitute Elliott Blair cut inside and skipped past three defenders before having his stinging shot parried away by Hutchins. But the Shots soon added to their tally once again when a Kofi Halliday corner was met by substitute Rafiq Bettamer who rose the highest to convert his header past the stranded goalkeeper.

It was an accomplished performance from the home side who won the game with ease and booked their place into the next round, and gives them much confidence ahead of their Youth Cup Game against West Ham which promises to be a very exciting and must-see match.

FT: Aldershot 5-0 Blackfield and Langley

Manager Terry Boyle said after the game that it was a comfortable win and it was pleasing to see some of the youth fringe players take their chance tonight. “From our point of view it was great to see us score five goals, as well as seeing some of the lads that have not had too much game time this season, no disrespect to the opposition but I wanted to see some of the squad players that I had for tonight’s game. It was certainly a worthwhile exercise, the game was there to be won and we did, I was pleased with a lot tonight but there was still a few things that I was not satisfied with and that we will need to work on.”